Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity Series, Book 1

eBook - 2012
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JCLBetM Jun 06, 2019

Not "just another WWII novel." The brave, endearing, funny, and sincere female characters are so knowable, and their adventures and tragedies feel so tangible. One of the most cleverly written books I've read.

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VanessaL52
Apr 26, 2019

OMG
This is one of my favourite books, definitely a must read and must read again!
This book is a tragic tale of 2 girls who are best friends, told from both points of views an amazing page turner, that touches your heart and makes you want to cry.
If you haven't already read it, read it!
If you have already read it, read it again!

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red_ant_7450
Jan 23, 2019

How is it that some books are confusing, yet you love them for just that?This is the only book I have experienced that with. The Characters were amazing. I thought that Julie was ace and Maddie was a star. I also liked how the author didn't shy away from the use of ALL CAPS. In other books it sounds juvenile, but this book makes it work. Another thing that really made me love the book was that it didn't rely on a love triangle or mental disorders to make the book good. It had like NO romance in it and I thought that was really refreshing. So, in a completely juvenile way I'm going to say that you READ THIS BOOK! I promise you won't be disappointed.

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kaylaj1996
Dec 04, 2018

At first I was very skeptical of this book. It didn't promise all of the intrigue and adventure I was hoping for, but I was so pleasantly surprised as the book unfolded, revealing the truth that we all had to read between the lines. Even the characters themselves. A very moving story about two girls and World War II.

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susan_findlay
Nov 17, 2018

I don't generally like books about war. Nothing bores me more than a series of extended fight scenes. This, however, is a book about war that isn't focused on the fight scenes. And it is a fantastic read.

This is the story of two girls involved in the war effort on the British side of World War II. Maddie was a pilot, and we follow some of her journey becoming a female pilot in an era where that was far from the norm. We also follow the development of the friendship between Maddie and Julie woven into a lengthy "confession" written by Julie who was imprisoned by the Nazis after the girls' plane crashed in German-occupied France. Julie escaped the plane crash but was captured shortly thereafter. The confession she is writing (i.e. this book) is "suggested" to contain certain information desired by her captors, but she spends most of it telling Maddie's story, describing her own captivity and generally avoiding revealing too much useful information.

I cannot imagine anyone coming away from this book without a profound admiration for both young women. The plot is not quite as straightforward as my summary above but to say more would be to ruin the story. And it is very easy to forget that the person Julie is writing for isn't you (the reader).

Highly recommend (unless you're really sensitive to violence because there are descriptions of torture; Julie is, after all, a prisoner of war captured by Nazis).

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brangwinn
Aug 22, 2018

Almost to the end of this novel the reader is concerned that they are following the words of a traitor as this World War II novel follows the lives of two English females in the Royal Air Force. When their plane crashes in France, “Verity” the spy is tortured, and its not til the end you learn whether she’s been telling the truth to her German tormentors. Meanwhile, her friend, the pilot, has been hidden by the resistance. Excellent reading up to the last page.
The word is murder
Horowitz always writes a good mystery, and placing himself front and center in this book makes it even more interesting, His sidekick, a dour former British police detective adds to the story.

SCL_BethZ Aug 21, 2018

I had SO MANY FEELINGS after finishing this book. Wow. It's the kind of book that when you finish you need to just sit (and hug it) and absorb what you've read. And then seek out other people who have read it and understand. And then force your loved ones to also read it so they can also have FEELINGS. Basically - soooo good. WWII. Spies. Unreliable narrator. Twists. Epic lady friendship. Enjoy!

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lilypad_1
Aug 19, 2018

Very, very good book about risk taking, smart, average young women giving their all in WW2. Highly recommend.

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Sophia222
Aug 02, 2018

Code Name Verity is a fascinating book about a spy in Nazi Germany and the "diary" she kept. I loved the twists in this book as well as the beautiful friendship. Having read The Pearl Thief, there aren't many connections other than the main character, but I loved both stories nonetheless. I strongly recommend this book.

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WoodneathRachel
Jun 21, 2018

This fit right into my niche - World War II, spies, AND smart, brave women accomplishing difficult missions. The first half of the book is told from the POV of one character, then switches to another halfway through. This can be initially disorienting, but it eventually makes sense. The plot is complicated, and you're never sure what's real and what isn't - which makes for an excellent spy story!

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kwsmith
Jan 28, 2018

In this dramatic novel, a roguish young Scottish spy is captured and interrogated by the Gestapo in German-occupied France during World War II. During her interrogation, she slowly reveals the story of her life and describes her special friendship with another young woman. Without giving away any spoilers, I'll just say that the book is structured in a very unique and interesting way. Unfortunately, I hated both of the main characters, especially Queenie, so reading this otherwise good book quickly became something of a chore.

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SRZ37
Nov 20, 2017

Possibly the best of all the WWII stories I've read recently. There are some faults--how could this girl last so long in such awful conditions?? But, overall, describes well the brutality and terror in Nazi-occupied Europe and is very cleverly plotted. Couldn't believe it isn't an adult book!

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humming
Aug 21, 2017

The slow beginning almost lost me but eventually the story snuck its way into my mind and heart. What is truth? What will you do (or not) to be true to yourself?
I appreciate the author's last words: LEST WE FORGET

samdog123 Aug 02, 2017

Although I found the book hard to get into, I couldn't put it down after the last third of the book. Well-researched, this book give a great glimpse of the role women played in the second World War effort.

ELPLTeenLibrarian Jun 30, 2017

I certainly hope you don't try to read this anywhere you can't ugly-cry for hours. This book is meticulously researched and features beautiful characterization + the kind of expertly sustained tension that makes "I'll put it down after I finish this chapter" a running joke that lasts the entirety of this reading experience.

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Starpoem
May 22, 2017

What I liked:

* the fast pace--something interesting was always happening
* the story of a beautiful friendship
* learning about life in wartime Britain & France

What I disliked:

* the unrealistic idea that the Nazis would allow a prisoner to write such a lengthy diary
* the unrealistic use of American spelling in British women's diaries

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Buch63
Mar 24, 2017

An outstanding book! It took me about 40 pages to get involved, and then I couldn't put it down! Be sure to read the sequel "Rose Under Fire"!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 14, 2016

Code Name Verity is an amazing book, and there is no other way to put it. It is separated into two parts, one part for each of two best friends. The book tells the tale of two best girl friends during World War Two, how they met and how each is doing their part to help the war effort. While the book is bittersweet, it is frighteningly well researched very well written and organized. I ended up suggesting this book to my 50-something year old mother from England, who adored this book as well! All in all an amazing book, I highly recommend this book to history nerds!
- @PerpetuallySleeping of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I’m a sucker for historical fiction and am a fan of this authors other war themed novel “Rose Under Fire” so I thought I would give this a try. It was really enjoyable and very detailed. The story felt like I was reading a real life account of a pilot who’d been captured during the war. A lot of the aspects of this book seemed original to me and are not often seen in other young adult novels. I would recommend even those who aren’t big historical fiction fans to give it a try as the story itself is timeless. - @bookanarchy of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Harriet_the_Spy Dec 07, 2016

Just an amazingly good YA novel, great for adults too. Great twisty plot, lots of action, and young women who know what they're worth and how much they have to offer.

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Blue_Crow_2
Sep 06, 2016

I read this book once and I need to read it again.
Keep in mind I read it on my phone (not the ideal way to read a book, ever) so I don't think I got the full experience, because Code Name Verity is written in various formats. (Hence the need for a second reading.) There were times when the novel was boring and bland and I skimmed a LOT, but it definitely deserves the 4-star rating. This is mainly due to how I teared up several times toward the end. If a book can make me do that, then it's a good one by my standards. My only/main problem is that even though I like Maddie, I feel like there was wayyyy too much text spent on her. I love her, but I don't really think she's the ideal choice for a narrator.

Anyway, the negative points I brought up are definitely outweighed by the strength and emotional impact of this novel, and I would highly, highly recommend it!! Just beware that it will certainly pull at your heartstrings.

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pennyhorn
Jun 27, 2016

The characters were very realistic and offered an insight into everyday war-time britain.

Code Name Verity is an amazing book, and there is no other way to put it. It is separated into two parts, one part for each of two best friends. The book tells the tale of two best girl friends during World War Two, how they met and how each is doing their part to help the war effort. While the book is bittersweet, it is frighteningly well researched very well written and organized. I ended up suggesting this book to my 50-something year old mother from England, who adored this book as well! All in all an amazing book, I highly recommend this book to history nerds!

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JihadiConservative
Apr 05, 2016

Very good book.

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happycanuck
Mar 16, 2016

Wow - what a writer, what a plot. So different from any other novel and so well done. Was captivated.

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wmtlady
Mar 12, 2016

At first I was put off by the endless naterring of the female journalling her confession. But I dug in to give the book a fair read before abandoning it and lo.......I got pulled in to the whole historical picture of women entering the world of aviation, WWII, and the wacky and deep friendship of the two young women. Very, very believably written and worthy of the ADULT fiction shelves. I wonder--did the author aim low or was it so designated because it "lacks" racy trysts and steamy sex? Reviewers should note that a book can stand on its own in excellence and be lauded w/o those element.


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